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A Three-Year Extension For Michael Rasmussen

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year contract extension.

Rasmussen, 22, skated in 40 games with the Red Wings in 2020-21 and recorded 12 points (3-9-12) and 26 penalty minutes. As a third-year pro and second-year NHLer, Rasmussen ranked among team leaders with nine assists (T5th), 26 penalty minutes (T3rd), 72 hits (2nd) and 28 blocked shots (9th). After spending the entire 2019-20 campaign with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, Rasmussen racked up six points (2-4-6) in seven games with Grand Rapids last season before earning a promotion to the NHL. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound center also saw his average time on ice jump from 12:50 over his first 20 games of the season to 16:46 for the final 20 games, marking the fourth-most by a Red Wings forward over that span. Rasmussen also logged 18 points (5-13-18) in 18 games with the Graz 99ers of Austria's IceHL in the fall prior to returning to North America for the start of Detroit's training camp.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Rasmussen has totaled 30 points (11-19-30) and 55 penalty minutes in 102 NHL games, while adding 30 points (11-19-30) and 26 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games with Grand Rapids. The Surrey, British Columbia, native played parts of four seasons with the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans prior to turning pro, totaling 157 points (81-76-157) and 129 penalty minutes in 161 games from 2014-18. As captain of Tri-City in 2017-18, Rasmussen recorded 59 points (31-28-59) in 47 games in his final season of major junior before amassing 33 points (16-17-33) over 14 games in the team's playoff run. On the international circuit, Rasmussen represented Canada on two occasions, collecting four points (1-3-4) in four games at the 2016 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and three points (2-1-3) in five games for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.


 

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Probably most improved player on our roster last season together with Erne.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/22/21 at 01:25 PM ET

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Still an RFA at the end of the deal. This is a team friendly deal

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/22/21 at 01:31 PM ET

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great deal!

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 07/22/21 at 01:33 PM ET

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Probably most improved player on our roster last season together with Erne.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/22/21 at 01:25 PM ET

In the games I did get to watch, I was watching him a lot and it’s nice to see him progress.  Here’s hoping he becomes a driver.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/22/21 at 01:36 PM ET

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Perfect, if he’s showed anything, it’s that he’s going to fight for every opportunity possible.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/22/21 at 02:15 PM ET

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If our PP can ever establish possession in the offensive zone he could be a terrific pain in the goalies arse.

Posted by pnwwing on 07/22/21 at 02:21 PM ET

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Based on his play last spring, this is an exceptional deal for the Wings. Somehow the light switch got tripped for the kid and he played like we all hoped Mantha would play some day.

I hope they keep him as the 2nd-line center between Zadina and Vrana. They really fed off of one another in the games they were together.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/22/21 at 02:43 PM ET

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